Announcement of exciting student
volunteer research opportunity with
the 2013 Moynihan TNGO Fellow:
Dr. Uygar Özesmi, Change.org, Regional
Country Director (based inTurkey)
The Transnational NGO Initiative host a
senior transnational NGO leader each year through our Moynihan NGO Fellows
program: these leaders spend 2 weeks of ‘intellectual rest and recreation” at
the Moynihan Institute, researching a topic which poses a challenge to them as
NGO leaders and which is aligned with our research interest in governance,
leadership and effectiveness of transnational NGOs. Many students have volunteered to do
preparatory research for our Fellows and found that experience very rewarding.
This Spring semester, Dr. Uygar Özesmi, the
Change.org Regional Director based in Turkey, will be our NGO Fellow. Dr.
Özesmi will be here from March 31-April 12, 2013 and will be researching “servant
leadership,” a concept that originates in faith based leadership models. Dr. Özesmi will explore how “servant
leadership” can be applied in a non-faith based setting, to a new leadership
model that focuses on empowering and serving NGO constituencies in realizing
their own expectations, needs and potential. This is a growing need in an era
when individual citizen action has many more vehicles of expression due to the
growth of digital social networks. In
defining servant leadership, Dr. Özesmi will
address a specific series of questions:
How have others
defined servant leadership in the past and how does this new framing differ or
How can servant
leadership models be used in forming and revising the overarching
organizational mission and vision thru networked participatory processes?
How close can the
expectations and values of the constituency be matched with that of the
How can servant
leadership frame issues and choices with the constituency, both serving their
most immediate concerns, and taking them on journeys that they want to go on?
We are seeking students who are interested in
volunteering to do preparatory literature research on behalf of Dr. Uygar
Özesmi during the month of March
before his arrival, as well as conduct followup work as necessary during his
stay at Moynihan in April. These students will have an exciting opportunity to
interact with this significant leader throughout his stay. We are hoping to count on approx. 5 hours a
week of your time to devote to this assignment, for at least 4 weeks during the
month of March.
If you are interested and available, please
send your indication of interest, CV and time frame for availability to Tosca
Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Director for Education and Practitioner Engagement,
Transnational NGO Initiative, Moynihan Institute (firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 443-5073). We hope to hear from you by Jan 31 please.
Thank you for your consideration! For
questions, please feel free to contact Kalila Jackson-Spieker, TNGO Graduate
Assistant who will coordinate the Fellowship (Kgjackso@syr.edu).
You can find more information about the TNGO Initiative at: http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/moynihan_tngo.aspx.